Just Emergencies Episode 1: Research During Global Health Emergencies
Dr. Sethi co-authored a Nuffield Council on Bioethics Background Paper on “Conducting research in the context of global health emergencies” and her article Research and Global Health Emergencies: On the essential role of best practice was published in Public Health Ethics in 2018. So she was just the person to talk to about this topic!
While we might think of doctors in lab coats and goggles trying desperately to develop a new vaccine or treatment, Dr. Sethi explains that research during global health emergencies can take many different forms. We also discuss some important aspects of ethical research such as consent and benefit-sharing, what’s gone wrong during previous global health emergency research, some broad-spectrum justice issues that can arise during internationally collaborative research, and what the term ‘helicopter research’ means (which, spoiler alert, does not have anything to do with helicopter parenting).
So to find out more, listen to Episode 1 of ‘Just Emergencies’: Research during Global Health Emergencies.
Acronyms mentioned in the episode
GM: Genetically modified
IP: Intellectual Property
RCTs: Randomised Control Trials
WHO: World Health Organisation
Links and Further Resources
On (research during) Global Health Emergencies
Ganguli-Mitra & Sethi (2016). Conducting research in the context of global health emergencies: identifying key ethical and governance issues, Nuffield Council on Bioethics.
Sethi (2018). Research and Global Health Emergencies: On the essential role of best practice. Public Health Ethics, 11(3).
On the 2013 – 2016 West African Ebola Outbreak
Boseley (2015). Experts criticise the WHO delay in sounding alarm over Ebola outbreak. The Guardian.
Maxmen (2015). How the Fight Against Ebola Tested a Culture’s Traditions. National Geographic.
On the Havasupai Tribe Research
Harmon (2010). Indian Tribe Wins Fight to Limit Research of Its DNA. The New York Times.
Sterling (2011). Genetic Research among the Havasupai: A Cautionary Tale. AMA Journal of Ethics.
Eyal (2011). Informed Consent. Stanford Encylopedia of Philosophy.
‘Just Emergencies’ is produced and edited by Rebecca Richards and made with funding from the Wellcome Trust.
Image by chuttersnap on Unsplash.
Our intro song is ‘The sun comes up, I come down’ by Silicon Transmitter.
Our outro song is ‘Surge and Swell’ by Pictures of the Floating World.